Tel Aviv Convention Center

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Coordinates: 32°06′19″N 34°48′31″E / 32.10528°N 34.80861°E / 32.10528; 34.80861

Bitan 1, The main entertainment hall
a pedestrian bridge at the entrance

The Tel Aviv Convention Center (Hebrew: מרכז הירידים והקונגרסים בישראל‎), commonly known as Ganey Hataarukha, is located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, Israel, adjacent to the Tel Aviv University Railway Station. Established in 1932 as "Yerid HaMizrach" (The Orient Fair), it hosts up to 2.5 million visitors and between 45 to 60 major events annually. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions and a large outdoor space.

Yerid Hamizrach[edit]

Yerid Hamizrach (Orient Fair) was an international fair first held in Tel Aviv in 1932 to showcase the accomplishments of the pre-state Jewish community in the sphere of industry. After the success of the first fair, permanent structures were built on a plot of land at the northern end of Dizengoff street, on the banks of the Yarkon River. Fairs were held in 1934 and 1936 with pavilions and halls constructed for the participating countries. The chief architect was Arieh Elhanani. A flying camel became the official logo. Richard Kaufmann planned the pavilion lay-out. Other leading architects were Arieh Sharon and Joseph Neufeld. The pavilions were designed in the International Style.[1]

Entertainment[edit]

Tel Aviv pavilion 1959 (demolished in 2010)

In recent years, the center has been used for many musical concerts and shows. To date, the convention center has hosted such musicians as Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Placebo, Dream Theater, Lady Gaga, Kaiser Chiefs, Simple Plan, Tokio Hotel, Faith No More, MGMT, Dinosaur Jr., LCD Soundsystem, The Drums, PIL, Missy Elliott, David Guetta, and Balkan Beat Box, among others.

In 2011, the center hosted Megadeth, Moby, Interpol, Mark Ronson, Suede, Blonde Redhead, Jane's Addiction, Roxette, and again Dream Theater.

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